Vitsoe LA: On music & media storage
I’ve been an ISO50 reader for a long time—long before Jakub and I put on Ghostly International Roller Hockey Team jerseys and took to a rink in rural New Jersey to embarrass the label—and so when Jakub invited me to take a whack at a guest post, I naturally jumped at the chance. (Meanwhile, does anyone want my (priceless) jersey?)
I’ve since moved to California, where I work out of the Los Angeles “Vitsoe apartment,” which is both the home I share with my wife, and a unique space where we show Dieter Rams’ 606 Universal Shelving system deployed in all ways. From straightforward bookshelves, to workstations, to room dividers, kitchen shelving, and closets, it’s pretty much all represented here (we specifically chose an apartment without any built-in storage).. As a former dj and avid collector of music, my favorite use of the system is for media storage. After all these years of collecting vinyl, I’m finally able to put it all on shelves that will not bow under the weight. Vinyl collectors: contact me, it’s more affordable than you’d think!
I thought it might make sense to do a first post about some of the songs that have been keeping me going while working out of the apartment—and since it’s a Vitsoe apartment, share some images of the shelving put to use for various media, plus the beautiful Dieter Rams equipment we listen to it all on.
Lorn – Weigh Me Down (Illum Sphere Remix).
Unbelievably beautiful reworking of one of my favorite tracks on Lorn’s new album “Ask the Dust.” I’m huge fan of his heavy hitting beats, but this is a nice change of pace, skillfully re-tooled by Illum Sphere. For a taste of Lorn’s own softer side, check out ‘Pause’ from his ‘Self Confidence Vol.2’ unfinished / unreleased / demo tracks over at the Brainfeeder site. A strange anomaly in a very dark oeuvre.
Yppah – Blue Schwinn.
I’m a huge fan of Joe Corrales’ work as Yppah, it’s sort of a shoegazy version of Bonobo, a combo that is pure win in my book. This track is from his third and most recent release on Ninja Tune, “Eighty One.” Anomie Belle’s vocals are a great addition in an instrumental sense, I love how she’s just swirling around in the background and I’m unable to make out the words.
Lost Twin – Soothing Words.
There’s no shortage of great producers in Brighton these days. I can’t remember exactly how, but I found him via Bandcamp, and to my pleasant surprise, he’s offering the whole ‘Birds’ album for free. I would have no problem paying full price (and then some) for his work. Although obviously entirely different in tone, there’s something a little Burialesque about the auto-tuned quick vocal snippets.
Dextro – Ring Cycle.
I’m not sure exactly why Dextro has stayed off most people’s radars for so long: He deserves far more exposure in my opinion. His first release was on Border Community, then the subsequent releases were through his own imprint, 16K Records. Maybe that’s why. I don’t know. What I do know is that his sound manages to successfully bring together elements of Ulrich Schnauss, Slowdive, and dare I say it, BOC. His last album, Winded, from 2009, is a real gem. I’m hoping he follows it up soon, it’s been too long.
A Sol Mechanic – [Almst(Touching)].
I’ll never tire of a good “Everything in Its Right Place” sample. In his own words “it’s less of a remix and more of a branch off. N E Ways.” That’s a good way of describing it, because after that amazing initial drop, the sample gets filtered into the background and the minimal stutter beat takes over.
Geskia! – Melamine.
Geskia’s sound is unabashedly Scoott Herren influenced, and most of his work occupies a space dead center between Prefuse and the long gone DeLarosa & Asora projects. This is a compliment, as he pulls off what so many other fail to do successfully.
Jai Paul – BTSTU.
There’s been a lot of buzz about this kid from London, and deservedly so. I saw a tweet from Four Tet that said simply: “that Jai Paul track,” which of course sent me into a Google frenzy. What I discovered is that there are literally only two tracks under his belt to date. It sounds like he’s in good hands over at XL, in a recent NPR spot I heard them describe how they are giving him loads of space and time to do what he needs to do, because that’s just how he rolls. He really has a grasp on the “Less, but better” approach.
Autechre – See On See (Pixelord Remix).
The thing I like about this unofficial Pixelord remix of ‘See on See’ from 2010’s Oversteps is that it brings me back to the Tri-Repetae days, when the tracks were grounded in dark emotion, and they would hit you in the gut with crisp, hard beats. They lost me long ago, but it’s nice to be brought back if even for a few minutes.
17 Comments Leave A Comment
Jakub says:June 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm
I love looking thru the titles of the CDs you own
Maxwell Schiano says:June 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm
This playlist is sick! Excellent selection.
PS this is my first comment on here, I just had to say!
Maxwell Schiano says:June 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm
Also I see that Delarosa and Asora album peaking out ;) One of my favorites.
Patrick says:June 29, 2012 at 3:32 am
What camera did you use for those pics?
Anonymous says:June 29, 2012 at 4:12 am
i really hope those are mackie’s and not behringers…
Anonymous says:June 29, 2012 at 4:13 am
also, +1 for Donuts.
Phillip says:June 29, 2012 at 5:37 am
Awesome post, shelving looks beautiful, might have to enquire—
Oh and I’ll take that (priceless) jersey.
Rob says:June 29, 2012 at 8:09 am
@Patrick: Nothing fancy, just some quick snaps with a Panasonic Lumix FZ35
@Anon: Mackies :)
NAVIS says:June 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm
That Lorn track is like watching an old, powerful steam engine chugging and chugging and chugging and chugging at like 5mph. Then bam it’s flying. Awesome.
mike says:June 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm
is that dextro the visual artist? there used to be a guy by that name who had a pretty abstracted website of computer animations and stuff…this was some time ago, early 2000’s at least..
Chester says:June 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm
So many new good tunes! Thank you so much for giving me a day of new listening!
Michael Raiden says:June 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm
My goodness these are immaculate tracks. Wondrous editing music.
Steve Blair says:June 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm
That Geskia! track is really nice. Will definitely be looking into more music from this artist. Nice find!
Blo says:July 4, 2012 at 10:02 am
Hi, good music as usual :)
Is the player a Flash one ?
It doesnt work with my Android phone :(
Robin says:July 6, 2012 at 7:51 am
Great selection of interesting tracks.
The Geskia! track is very nice, but it’s very obviously in debt to Green Grass of Tunnel by Mum – to the point where it sounds like it’s an attempted remix of it.
Yoann says:July 9, 2012 at 8:47 am
Indeed, superb playlist ! Thx a lot!
I give a mention to Dextro and Lost Twin (i don’t know why but i easily picture Chris Dave on it).
Those tracks blew me.
(Dextro’s last album is, as you say, a gem)
Gerardo says:July 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm
call of duty world at war e the conduit sono sotalnto i primi “esperimenti” di giochi hardcore su wiie guardate gia che buoni risultati. La politica che che c’era ( ora lentamente sta prendendo un altra rotta pur salvaguardando la precedente), non mirava per niente a titoli hardcore, vuoi perche la davano come console spacciata rispetto alle altre ( adesso sappiamo che tutto il contrario ), vuoi per pubblicita e mobbing spietato e negativo nei confronti di essa; nessuna SH ha voluto rischiare di programmare giochi hardcore anche su wii .ma ora a distanza di 2 anni e mezzo si sono dovuti ricredere viste soprattutto le ottime vendite che quest’ultima sta riscontrando sul mercato. Sono curioso di vedere la grafica del wii quando sara sfruttata a pieno.Inoltre , per cortesia, smettiamola di ricriminare che il wii come una PS2 perche non assolutamente vero; anche se il wii solo 3 volte piu potente del gamecube ( sono delle valutazioni molto grossolane, anche perche ci diverse fonti che vedono il wii tra le 5 e le 6 volte piu potente del gamecube collocandolo ampiamente sopra un terzo ma non sopra la meta della potenza di una 360 ) sarebbe comunque largamente piu potente di una PS2 perche gia il cubo all’epoca era quasi 2 volte piu performante della PS2.La piega che i giochi sul wii sta prendendo appare cambiata e buona quindi non ci resta che attendere visti anche i nuovi hardprogetti che prossimamente vedremo sul wii. ciao a tutti ! PS. qualcuno ha smash brawl una buona connessione di rete ? se volete fare qualche sfida questa la mia chat